[hackerspaces] Safe Space Policies?

Russ Garrett russ at garrett.co.uk
Sun Jan 26 13:43:03 CET 2014

I'd recommend not using the term "Safe Space"; there is a specific
meaning attached which likely doesn't line up with what you're

I don't have any specific advice, but I am personally not a fan of a
lot of these harassment policies which involve endless lists of
possible transgressions. This is London Hackspace's Code of Conduct
which I wrote (it's not perfect but it's much better than nothing at


And you may want to take a look at the Computer Anonymous rules which
have been argued over by a lot of people more knowledgable about this
than me. I think they strike a very good balance:




On 26 January 2014 12:31, Brendan Halliday <wodann at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm wondering if any other spaces on the list have had difficulty
> implementing a Safe Space Policy.
> We've had one proposed and voted in by the group but several members insist
> on attempting to cripple it (knowingly or not) by refusing all definitions
> from it, as well as removing provisions for being accountable for your
> actions in relation to the policy, stating that it's 'unethical'.
> I'd put it down to the usual "geeks don't like being told what to do or
> getting in trouble for their actions" but it seems that Noisebridge had
> similar issues.
> Thoughts/experiences please?
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Russ Garrett
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